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Poster: Old_NJ_Head_Zimmer Date: Nov 7, 2008 4:03pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: As dark as it gets - MASONS

Always a lot of talk about how Mason's was Satanic and thats why they never released it. Shure makes you wonder after you read it. "With fires tall and bright"!!

AS DARK AS THE DEAD EVER GOT!!!!!!!


Mason died on Monday
We bricked him in the wall
All his children grew and grew
They never grew so tall before
They may never grow so tall again

We dug him up on Tuesday
He'd hardly aged a day
Taught us all we ever knew
We never knew so much before
We may never know so much again

Mason was a mighty man
A mighty man was he
All he said: when I'm dead and gone
don't you weep for me

The wall collapsed on Wednesday
We chalked it up to fate
All his children ran and hid
We never hid so well before
Swore we'd never show our face again

Thursday came and Friday
with fires tall and bright
Mason's children cooked the stew
and cleaned up when the feast was through
Swore we'd never had such times before

Take me to the Reaper Man
to pay back what was loaned
If he's in some other land
write it off as stoned

Mason was a mighty man
A mighty man was he
All he said: when I'm dead and gone
don't you weep for me

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Poster: SkyDawg Date: Nov 7, 2008 6:03pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: As dark as it gets - MASONS

It is probably just my imagination but this song gives me the creeps (or creepy crawlies) for one reason: it reminds me of the Manson Family. It is probably sheer coincidence that it first came out in December 1969, a couple of weeks after a Manson family member began testifying in front of a California grand jury about her part in the Manson Family murders, and life as one of Manson's children and only a couple of weeks after Charlie Manson was revealed as the main suspect of a hippie murder cult. Probably a coincidence that Mason and Manson differ by only one letter. Very strange.

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